Art Supplies for Illustrating Artifacts:
• Ruler and T-square
• Caliper for measuring artifacts
• Drawing paper/pad for pencil, pen, and ink
• 2-H pencil and eraser
• Ink pens (Micron is a good brand available at Michael’s or Aaron Bros; pen sizes: 0.20; 0.25 (Note: purchase pens individually since packaged pens include sizes not normally used.)
• Soft paint or cosmetic brush (for brushing eraser pieces away from paper)
• White-out (sponge or tape kind will work – for fixing the “oops”)
• Loop or magnifying glass
• Overhead lamp
• Sand paper for cleaning eraser
• Paper towel (placed over portions of drawing to keep paper from absorbing oil from hand/wrist)
• Artist tape for taping corner of paper to table (doesn’t tear like regular masking tape)
Nickels: taping 2 nickels to the underside of a ruler or T-square, keeps ink from smudging when you lift the ruler.
Before purchasing the more expensive items, download coupons. I’ve been known to use 50% or 40% coupons on a watercolor brush one day, print another coupon and go back the next day for another brush.
It’s OK . . . most likely you’ll end up buying other art supplies; but it will save you a lot on the big ticket items!